‘I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.’
Jessica Rabbit, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Cynics were real people! As were the Stoics, dating back as far as the 5th century BC.14 So we can safely say that whinging and moaning have been around for a long time!
Let's deal with the Cynics first. For the Cynics, the purpose of life was to live in virtue, in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, they thought people could gain happiness by rigorous training and by living in a way which was natural for humans, rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, sex and fame. Instead, they were dedicated to leading a life ...